“I am—a sea of—alone.”

Alfred Hitchcock (at one of his last public appearances)

Psycho. The Birds. Rear Window. Vertigo. North by Northwest. Notorious. The Thirty-Nine Steps.

The list goes on and on—the masterpieces of the Master of Suspense, Alfred Hitchcock.

Hitchcock is almost certainly the most popular and influential film director of Hollywood’s classic age—but he’s more than that. Nearly three decades after his death, the image and voice of Alfred Hitchcock remain instantly recognizable throughout the world. The word “Hitchcockian” is understood by movie fans in every corner of the globe to refer to films that are brimming with tension, romance, and shocking plot twists. The music from his Alfred Hitchcock Presents TV series (actually Gounod’s “Funeral March for a Marionette”) is known to everyone, forty years after the show’s cancellation, as “the Alfred Hitchcock theme.”

Hitchcock was one-of-a-kind, and there can hardly be a movie or TV fan anywhere who has not been affected by his work. A Sea of Alone: Poems For Alfred Hitchcock will celebrate this unique figure in a suitably unique way—through verse.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Take One: The Editor

Christopher Conlon’s work has appeared widely in magazines and journals including Dark Discoveries, Poets & Writers, America, Tennessee Williams Annual Review, Poet Lore, The King’s English, and The Long Story, as well as in such anthologies as Masques V and California Sorcery. He is the author of four books of poems, most recently Starkweather Dreams, and a novel, Midnight on Mourn Street, which was a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award.

As an editor his credits include He Is Legend: An Anthology Celebrating Richard Matheson, Poe’s Lighthouse, and The Twilight Zone Scripts of Jerry Sohl. A former Peace Corps Volunteer, Conlon holds an M.A. in American Literature from the University of Maryland. He lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, where he writes, teaches, and hosts a popular quarterly poetry reading series.

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